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Phantom pain: Is it all in your head?

On Behalf of | Dec 2, 2021 | Injuries |

After an amputation, you may begin experiencing pain that feels like it is coming from the missing limb. The painful sensation is known as phantom pain, and for a long time, it was thought to be psychological. However, studies have established that phantom pain is real with sensations originating from the spinal cord and brain.

Read on to find out more about this condition that affects a significant portion of amputees.

What causes phantom pain?

The exact cause of phantom pain remains unclear, although mixed brain signals are likely the source. For example, following an amputation, the brain and spinal signals may not receive input from the missing limb, triggering a negative reaction that something is not right.

Phantom pain cannot be medically diagnosed. Instead, doctors identify the condition based on the signs you exhibit and historical occurrences such as surgery or trauma before the pain began.

How do you treat phantom pain?

Treatment depends on the extent of your pain. Painkillers may be the first resort in a treatment course that may also include muscle relaxers or neurostimulation.

Living with phantom pain

Chronic phantom pain can adversely impact the quality of your life. You may have trouble sleeping or even anxiety attacks. Depression is also a possibility if these issues are not addressed. Therefore, it is important to maintain a positive mindset with a focus on attaining full recovery.

In conclusion, the loss of a limb through another person’s negligence can turn your life upside down. You may no longer be able to fend for yourself in addition to dealing with substantial medical bills in treating conditions like phantom pain. Maximizing your settlement will go a long way in improving the quality of your life in terms of getting the proper medical care and assuring your financial security.